"Literally every day of my life, somebody will say, 'hey Meathead!' No matter what I do with my life -- I could win the Nobel Prize -- it will say' Meathead wins Nobel.' It doesn't matter. I have Norman Lear to thank for that."
About This Interview
In his four-hour interview at his Castle Rock Productions offices, Reiner talks about growing up surrounded by the group of comedy legends that included his father Carl, Sid Caesar and Mel Brooks. He discusses his first forays into performing and lists some of his early television appearances. He discusses his work as a television writer, particularly his staff job on the last season of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, for which he was partnered with Steve Martin. Reiner speaks in great detail about his next significant career achievement as a regular on the groundbreaking sitcom All in the Family. He discusses working with the series ensemble, describes his character "Mike 'Meathead' Stivic," and talks about the collaborative atmosphere on the set. Reiner then details his work as a director of feature films including such now-classic movies as This Is Spinal Tap, Stand By Me, The Princess Bride, When Harry Met Sally… and Misery. Reiner also talks about his role in the creation of Castle Rock Productions and his current work on children's development awareness, through "Parents Action for Children." Karen Herman conducted the interview in Beverly Hills, CA on November 29, 2004.